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Scones and Sensibility Paperback – December 22, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5–7—Polly is a hopeless romantic whose favorite books are Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables. This summer she has decided to adopt her version of the speech patterns of Austen and Montgomery as she strives to find the perfect—in her estimation—romantic partner for her older sister, her best friend's father, and several others, whether they are interested in meeting someone or not. Her attempts at matchmaking have disastrous results for the participants while providing a few chuckles for readers. The book is much too long for the plot and the faux speech gets very old very quickly. The characters, even 12-year-old Polly, are one-dimensional. It would be difficult to find an audience for this book as Austen/Montgomery fans would find it silly and those readers looking for a light comic romance would not wade through it for the little humor and romance it contains.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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Growing up in a cozy seaside community above her family’s bakery, 12-year-old Polly has always been a romantic. After she reads Pride and Prejudice, though, her yen for successful love stories spills over into daily life, and she determines to spend her summer matchmaking among the locals. Of course, everything goes horribly awry, and Polly is forced to confront the impact of her meddling: “This isn’t your dumb Green Gables or England or whatever. This is real life!” says her furious best friend. To better emulate her favorite book’s “enchanting heroine,” Polly narrates in a mannered, archaic voice (“I vow to call you on the morrow!”) that may try some readers’ patience but provides comedic moments in her mixed metaphors and the curt responses she receives: “Put a cork in it,” growls her sister. The plot is as light as pastry filling, but young romantics may recognize themselves in Polly and in her puzzlement over the way love and attraction happen in the twenty-first century, beyond the pages of books. Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg
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In starting the story, I was impressed at how well Eland was able to capture the language and rhythm of an Austen novel or the voice of Anne (Green Gables). When reading Polly's dialogue, I could easily imagine that I was reading Austen or L.M. Montgomery. However, I was surprised that after awhile, Polly's constant use of this manner of speech was somewhat exasperating. Though Polly slips into modern vernacular on occasion, she remains true to the language of her literary idols. Surprisingly her parents, and neighbors seem to accept this archaic dialect from Polly and it isn't until almost the end that her sister and best friend really express their frustration with her speech and of course her behavior.
Unfortunately, Polly's speech wasn't the only thing that wore on me but her interfering and meddling in the lives of other felt a little excessive. I found that somewhere in the middle of the book I wanted to shake Polly and tell her to "listen" and "wake up". I gave Polly's sister, Clementine and her best friend, Fran kudos for accepting Polly's eccentric manner as well as they did. However at this point in the story, I was pretty committed to seeing what happened with all of her matchmaking, and I kept reading. My persistence was rewarded with some of the best scenes of the book, and I found myself laughing out loud in several places. When I came to the conclusion, I felt that Eland had done a nice job of wrapping up the story and helping Polly learn some important life lessons.
I can imagine middle grade girls who do love Anne of Green Gables or Elizabeth Bennett thoroughly enjoying Polly's story. Though this book may have a specific niche - pre-teen or early teen girls who are fans of 19th century romance novels, I plan on sharing it with my students. I would like to gather their thoughts about the book since many of them are not familiar with the stories that this novel ties into. I am hoping that as they read the story it may prompt them to seek out one of the stories referred to in the novel.
Overall, Scones and Sensibility is an enjoyable read and a solid debut novel by Lindsay Eland and I look forward to future offerings from this author.
Polly is so overly poetic and humorously flowery in her romantic nature. She doesn't just take a walk around the neighborhood, she takes a "turn". I love that Polly is an old soul in a young body - a true kindred spirit! She reminds me of Anne of Green Gables and her Lady of Shalott. HAHA! I couldn't help myself from laughing at how Polly gets so carried away with romance and her optimistic spirit that everything is so beautiful is infectious. She Is the hopeless romantic who believes she can play matchmaker to everyone she knows. It doesn't necessarily all go according to plan, but in the end everything works out and it's happily ever after. And the idea to pair Polly's character with her parents owning a bakery was brilliant. A very feminine and lady-like profession.
I would dearly love to see a sequel to this book. I literally smile every time I see this book on a library or book store shelf because it left me with good memories and a cozy feeling that goes all the way down to my toes. This is a classic you'll want to read with your kids again and again.
Polly is not intended to be a believable character; this is not a domestic drama book. Polly represents the cheerful, hopeful, bright romantic instincts of a young girl growing into a complicated world. This book works because the author has a marvelously light touch, a generous view of Polly's girlish yearnings for romance, a cheerful view of family and community, and a command of the essential appeal of books like "Pride and Prejudice" and "Anne of Green Gables". There are bright descriptive grace notes scattered about the narrative; supporting characters keep the story bubbling along. Humor is gentle and unforced.
Is this lightweight stuff? Sure. But it's hard to make a souffle, and this book never collapses. This has a "Pollyanna" feel and it is perhaps no accident that our heroine is named Polly. I pictured our heroine as a wholesome, winsome Hayley Mills kind of character, (and come to think of it, Hayley Mills portrayed Pollyanna in the Disney movie - holy cow, this is all coming together.)
Bottom line - there are a lot of middle grade romances out there, but not that many are honestly fun, truly heartfelt, gently inspirational, or informed by real affection for all of the characters. This scores high marks across the board, and that's enough for me and my tween readers.
Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle goodies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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